Kings Point, NY - Geoff Harty (Chicago, IL) led all scorers with five points on four goals and one assist as the USMMA men's lacrosse team earned a 13-5 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon over Mount Saint Vincent. Chris Whitenack (East Meadow, NY), who entered the game leading the nation in face-off win percentage, was 11-of-16 on the "X" and finished with eight ground balls. Troy Smith (Deer Park, TX) also recorded a hat trick for the Mariners as the home team was also 20-of-21 on clear attempts.
Mount Saint Vincent (5-4) trimmed an early 2-0 USMMA advantage as Connor McBride scored for the Dolphins to make it 2-1. Harty and Ray Waters (Sayville, NY) netted the opening goals for the Mariners while another Harty marker pushed the USMMA cushion to 3-1. Mike McEnany hit the back of the net with a man-up goal with 4:52 to left in the opening quarter to bring the Dolphins to within one at 3-2. However, Smith ended the frame with back-to-back tallies as the Mariners held a 5-2 advantage after the first quarter.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (5-4) surrendered the first goal of the second quarter at the 10:46 mark but would go on to score seven unanswered tallies. During that stretch, the USMMA defense kept the Dolphins off the board for over 40 minutes, including the entire third quarter. Alex Peyreigne (Weston, CT) anchored the Mariners between the pipes with seven total saves. The Mariners cushion grew to 12-3 as Harty, Smith, Waters, Eric Kennedy (Massapequa, NY), Phil Walker (Falmouth, MA), and Robert Tirrito (Centerport, NY) all beat the Dolphins netminder.
Following a pair of Mount Saint Vincent goals, Ethan Medler (Kingwood, TX) provided the day's final marker as his second goal of the year made it 13-5. The Mariners defense forced the visitors into 20 total turnovers with Gus Sawicki (Louisville, CO) causing a team high three miscues.
The USMMA men's lacrosse team returns to action Monday night as rival Maritime (NY) comes to Brooks Stadium. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.